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access to depot sheets and general arrangement drawings. He also had a phenomenal knowledge of pre-war cars. By August 1960, Club membership had


extended to Sweden and Denmark. At the AGM in 1960, the officers and members were re-elected en bloc and Eric Barrass joined the committee. The following year’s AGM was held in the old tithe barn of Yarnton Manor. The Club accounts showed there was £50 in the current account, with £100 on deposit, and the chairman pointed out that this was not an excessive sum, in view of the Club’s commitments for the following year. At most early rallies, members of the


20 Ghost Club, VSCC Rolls-Royce Section and Bentley Drivers’ Club were also invited. In 1960, first contact with the Rolls-Royce Owners Club (RROC) of America were made at a visit by a group of its members to the UK instigated by the 20 Ghost Club, but involving the other clubs. After being driven into London from Heathrow airport, they were taken to visit Stanley Sears’ collection in Sussex the following day. The Club’s first annual dinner was held


in February 1963 in the Oxford University Air Squadron’s Mess. Bill Morton arrived in the 1906 three-cylinder car owned by Adam McGregor Dick, who accompanied him. Bill was the official Rolls-Royce historian of the time and also ran the Apprentices’ School, and it was Bill and his team who had rebuilt the three-cylinder car. In November 1963, The Bulletin became a


litho production and sported a newly designed car badge. The first published list of members was added as an appendix. In 1964 and 1967, pageants were held at Goodwood to celebrate 60 years since Rolls


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met Royce and 60 years of “Silver Ghost” AX201, respectively. A large rally was held at Blenheim in 1968 when RROC members once again visited the UK. This rally was the first to be open to the trade. A 1935 20/25 Tickford coupé used during the war by Sir Winston Churchill and rebuilt by Rolls-Royce was offered for £500. Among the spares available were cylinder heads for all models at an average price of £200.


THE 1970s By January 1970, 18 sections were operating. These were: Benelux, Central Southern, East Anglia, East Midlands, Eire, Essex, Europe, France, Gloucestershire, Middlesex, North Eastern, Northern, Oxford, Salisbury area, South Eastern, South Wales, South West and Switzerland. On 1 May 1970, the annual Club Dinner was held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, to celebrate the historic first meeting between Rolls and Royce in the same hotel in 1904. At the AGM of that same year, the chairman mentioned that the Club had enrolled 359 new members in the past 12 months. The membership stood at 1,500, of whom 307 were based overseas, in 37 countries. The Club subscription was set at £2. At the end of May 1970, 47 RREC cars took


part in the London to Vichy rally. Those who participated would never forget it: a motorcycle escort of Polices Routiers, including some from the French President’s personal bodyguard swept other traffic from the path of the participating cars. In 1973, the Club staged its legendary Great


Alpine Rally. George Birrell and his committee of Andrew Beer, Michael Foster and Christopher Leefe all worked exceptionally hard to bring the event to life. That same year, RJ Gibbs, known as


“Gibby”, was appointed Editor of The Bulletin, following Derek Randall. Gibby was a professional newspaperman and raised the publication to an even higher standard. The Club’s financial and public liability


responsibilities continued to grow and it was decided that it should become a company limited by guarantee, to protect the committee and members. On 1 January 1974, RREC Ltd was registered. A fine company seal was commissioned and presented by Christopher Leefe. In March 1974, having received microfilms


of chassis sales cards for pre-war cars from Rolls-Royce, Gerry Jessop initiated a service to provide prints for members. The Club insurance scheme, run by Andrew Weir, passed to the Fenchurch Group and a much-improved package became available to members. In addition, Tony Donovan, a flamboyant and popular entrepreneur, laid the foundations of the successful Club Shop, which produced a profit of £300 in 1974. The same year saw the production of the Club’s


first technical manuals, culled from articles in past issues of The Bulletin. A collection of workshop and special tools was also being assembled in answer to cries for help from members. The service was taken up by Philip Fulford and was successfully operated from his home in Surrey for many years. The need for supplying spares was another priority and with the help of the Essex Section, and Charles Tabor in particular, all spares were moved to the latter’s home, Sutton Hall, from where a much-improved service was run. The production of a Club membership list was


(and still is) a bone of contention. However, the membership list of 1974, for all its faults, was very well received. It contained details of nearly 2,500


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